New Delhi: A part of a dilapidated building collapsed in Delhi’s Karol Bagh on Saturday evening. At least four people who were trapped in the building have been rescued. Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. No injuries or casualties have been reported.
In a similar incident, at least 11 people died after an explosion rocked a two-storey building in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district today. According to police, the building was actually a carpet factory where fire-crackers were being made illegally. The blast left six people injured as well and also led to the collapse of three adjacent houses, said officials. Some people are suspected to be trapped under the debris.
On February 12, a massive fire engulfed Arpit Palace Hotel in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area in the early hours, killing 17 people, including two people who jumped off the building in a desperate bid to save themselves. A few days later, the police arrested its owner Rakesh Goel. The Crime Branch made the arrest from the IGI Airport after the Delhi Police received a tip off that Goel was travelling from Qatar by Indigo flight 6E 1702.
The immigration officials were alerted as a look out circular (LOC) was issued against him. On his arrival, he was detained and handed over to the Crime Branch. Goel was arrested after brief questioning, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Deo said. The police had arrested hotel’s general manager, Rajender, and manager, Vikas, for culpable homicide. The hotel owner had been absconding since the incident.